Friday, November 1, 2013

NJ - Legislation Addresses Sex Offenders on Social Media Sites

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Original Article

10/24/2013

By Kevin McArdle

Do you know who else is on most of the social media sites your children are using?



Convicted sex offenders are and one New Jersey lawmaker wants force everyone required to register under Megan’s Law to provide notification of that important fact on social networking websites.
- And so are murderers, identity thieves, bullies, drug dealers, gang members, racist groups and others, so are they going to have to register their criminal pasts on social networks as well?

Sex offenders are very sneaky and despicable,” says Assemblywoman Donna Simon who sponsors the measure. “What they will do is they will have a myriad of screen names and other identities to use for communicating to children.”
- Some do this, but putting all ex-offenders into one group is wrong, but it's typical for ignorant politicians and the media to do so, and it's usually done, in our opinion, to help further ones own career or reputation.

The bill, which is modeled on recently enacted Louisiana legislation, expands sex offender registration requirements to include this disclosure on the offender’s profile on any social networking sites.

It’s very similar to Megan’s Law,” explains Simon. “It protects children on the Internet. Anybody caught violating this could face a fine up to $10,000 and also jail time up to 18 months.”
- How is it similar to Megan's Law?

Also under Simon’s measure, any person required to register as a sex offender must also provide the appropriate law enforcement agency with a list of e-mail addresses, screen names, or other identities used for web-based chats, instant messaging, or a social networking website.

This is a total bi-partisan measure,” says Simon. “This is something that benefits everyone and I expect it to pass quickly.”
- And we expect it to be shot down for constitutional issues!

The legislation also requires registered sex offenders to provide a list of any social networking websites of which they are a member.

The Assemblywoman hopes the bill will become law before the calendar flips to 2014.

That’s something we’re pushing for,” explains Simon. “This is very important and one of the bills that should be part of the spotlight for the lame duck session.”

Several social networking sites, like Facebook and Match.com, already prohibit sex offenders from using their sites in their terms of service.
- Doesn't make it right!  And why don't they also prohibit all other ex-felons?  Because it's against their constitutional rights, and the same applies to ex-sex offenders!

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2 comments :

Mark said...

“Sex offenders are very sneaky and despicable,” says Assemblywoman Donna Simon who sponsors the measure. “What they will do is they will have a myriad of screen names and other identities to use for communicating to children.” Donna is just as ill as the so-called illness she aims to halt.

GriffinAldjoy73 said...

This registry was originally created to be a "worst of the worst" list of offenders that cops could quickly scan through if a kid disappeared in a particular area.


It has morphed into a "kitchen sink" registry that contains offenders of every risk level now. The present government has contributed to this by enacting legislation that makes registration mandatory unless an offender successfully applies to the court against it. Under the old system, prosecutors had to prove to the court that a person was a serious risk.


If what are considered "high risk" offenders are made public, I think it will be just a matter of time before all offenders on the registry are publicly available to all. We'll end up with the same problems that public registries have in the USA.